North Texas realtor Jenna Ryan, who took a private plane to Washington D.C. to participate in the riot that breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, now says she “bought into a lie” perpetrated by then-President Donald Trump and feels betrayed by people she once considered “fellow patriots.”
“I bought into a lie, and the lie is the lie, and it’s embarrassing,” she told the Washington Post. “I regret everything.”
“It was all like a football game. I was sucked into it. Consumed by it,” Ryan said, referring to her slow decent into online disinformation that led her towards her support for Trump.
As the Post points out, Ryan was initially defiant after her arrest, clashing with people who criticized her online, and even telling a Dallas TV station she deserved a presidential pardon. Now, she’s wondering what she’ll do with her two mini-goldendoodle dogs if she goes to prison.
“Not one patriot is standing up for me,” Ryan said. “I’m a complete villain. I was down there based on what my president said. ‘Stop the steal.’ Now I see that it was all over nothing. He was just having us down there for an ego boost. I was there for him.”
Late last month, Ryan was charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct in a capitol building and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a capitol building. She was initially charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building.
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